"Appreciating Sakura - The Past and Present of Cherry Blossom Viewing" Exhibition

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

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Since the ancient times, sakura, or cherry blossoms, has been a symbolic flower in Japan, and there are many famous viewing spots across the country. In the central area of Tokyo, places such as Ueno and Asuka-yama have been famous spots since the Edo period for ohanami, or cherry blossom viewing. In the Tama area, a row of cherry blossom trees along the Tamagawa-Josui river, especially in the 3 kilometer-range near the Koganei bridge, is a favored site. When the Koganei Park, where the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is located, opened in 1954, many cherry blossom trees were planted, so today, one can see large sakura trees that are over 50 years old.

Ohanami is a part of Japanese culture; it is a tradition appreciated by colleagues, friends, and families from all parts of society.

This exhibition traces the history of ohanami, from the Edo period to today. Sakura can be found not only in scenery paintings but also as a pattern used in textile and various crafts.

Related Event:
Tea Ceremony on March 21st (Sat) 11:00-16:00
Location: Mitsui Hachirouemon House
Fee: ¥300 (including tea & sweets)
*It will be canceled in case of rain.

Museum Talk
April 2nd (Thu), 18th (Sat), May 12th (Tue) & 29th (Fri), 14:00-

[Image: 337th Issue of Fuzoku-Gaho "Koganei Meisho-Zukai" Collection of the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum]

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From 2009-03-20 To 2009-05-31

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